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Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research), 2018 – 2023

Project Overview

Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to support activities relevant to a learning agenda for ACF’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) programming led by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and supported by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE). The contractor, Mathematica Policy Research, will systematically identify gaps in the knowledge base for HMRF and connected topics or areas. Connected topics or areas could include issues identified during the course of activities outlined in this contract or other issues identified and prioritized by ACF.

This work includes:

  • Consultation with relevant practitioner and research experts in HM, RF and related fields to identify gaps in the HMRF knowledge base
  • Conducting a review of the HMRF literature and publicly available research reports
  • Mapping and refining what is known about HMRF programs and practice, what is currently being learned, and what needs to be learned by using existing research and other sources
  • Examining potential connections between selected topics and areas relevant for HMRF programming and its goals
  • Disseminating reports and project findings throughout the project

The project team will iteratively revise and refine each of the activities described through literature reviews and expert consultation. The final products include written deliverables that summarize gaps in current knowledge and existing approaches, discuss implications for HMRF learning, and describe HMRF implications of associated connected topics and areas.

The points of contact are: Sam Illangasekare, CORand Kriti Jain, Project Officer.

  • Improving Children’s Well-Being through Responsible Fatherhood Programs

    Published: August 6, 2020

    Fathers’ parenting engagement (that is, the ways in which fathers interact with their children) is linked to many aspects of children’s well-being, from health outcomes to academic and social outcomes. However, nonresident fathers with low incomes often face barriers to being fully engaged. By improving fathers’ engagement with their children, RF programs could ultimately benefit children.

  • Improving Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Programs for Unmarried Couples with Children

    Published: August 5, 2020

    Healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs for couples with children aim to strengthen couples’ relationships and ultimately improve the well-being of participants’ children. Although these programs have shown some success in improving outcomes for married couples, their success with unmarried couples has been limited.

  • Highlights from the First FRAMING Research Healthy Marriage Technical Work Group

    Published: July 31, 2020

    Recognizing the importance of stable, supportive families for the healthy development of children, the federal government has supported healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs for more than two decades. Many questions remain about how best to serve participants in these programs. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), both within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)...

  • Highlights from the FRAMING Research Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Group

    Published: July 31, 2020

    Recognizing the importance of fathers to their families, as well as the difficulties that many low-income fathers face supporting their children, the federal government has supported responsible fatherhood (RF) programs for more than a decade. However, many questions remain about how to best serve fathers and their families. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), both within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)...

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